Coeclerici Group celebrates 120th anniversary

Coeclerici Logistics, the logistics division of Coeclerici Group, bulk material transshipment company, has a history of more than 40 years in this specific field. The year 2015 will mark an important goal for the whole Coeclerici Group which will celebrate its 120th anniversary, over a century of success in various business industries, from trading to shipping, from mining to logistics, writes Capt. Giordano Scotto d’Aniello, Head of Commercial Department.

Even during this tough period for dry bulk commodities market, Coeclerici Logistics Division (CC) has been able to maintain and grow its position in the transshipper industry, ensuring for its clients reliable service and performance.

In order to maintain its brand-new fleet, CC decided in 2014 to sell one of its older Floating Storage & Transfer Stations, Bulk Wayuu`, operating from 1998 in Maracaibo Lake,Venezuela, loading coal from barges to ocean-going vessels (OGVs).

During her long career, BulkWayuu` handled more than 71mt (million tonnes), loading about 1,600 vessels at an average rate of 50,000 metric tonnes per day.

In early 2015, CC also sold the FTS Bulk Kremi 1, employed since 2000 in Black Sea to support the logistic of various steel mills and shippers operators, and the self-propelled FTS Bulk Irony, in operation since 2002, that handled more than 5.5mt of coal and iron ore in lightening operations in Italy.

Indonesia is confirmed to be one of the most important countries for the Coeclerici logistics business, where five Floating Transfer Stations are working in the Kalimantan area, receiving coal from barges and loading OGVs with best net loading rates – over 50,000 metric tonnes per day. During 2014, all of them handled a total of 17mt of coal.

Another important demonstration of the success of Coeclerici Logistics’ operations in the country, is the achievement of the 50mt handled with its Bulk Pioneer, working for Kaltima Prima Coal from September 2005.

In order to improve the range of services to its customers, CC, with the support of its internal technical department, improved the loading equipment on board FTS Bulk Celebes to be able to perform blending operations, which permit to mix homogeneously two different grades of material up to 20–80%.

Blending is highly requested from the main players of the Indonesia coal market, giving to them a price advantage due to the possibility to offer a better and more specific product to the final users.

Last year Coeclerici achieved great results in Mozambique as well, where the two TUs (transshipment units) Bulk Zambesi and Bulk Limpopo are continuing their operations in Beira port, employed for offshore coal loading operations. Thanks to the great performances of the two units,Vale has been able to reach the target output of over 3.6mt of coal during 2014. Each of the sisters vessels are able to reach over 5,000 tonnes per hour as peak rate during loading OGVs.

The aim of Coeclerici for the near future is to strengthen its position in the transshipment market continuously creating innovative solution, engineering and promoting the use of ‘floating terminals’ throughout the world designing and developing different types of floating transshipment stations capable of lighterage /top-off operations, cargo transfer and self- unloading of many different dry bulk materials. These carry out all the same functions as a port terminal but with far smaller investments, lower management costs and less environmental impact.

The year 2015 also marks the return of Coeclerici to the dry bulk shipping market. The dACC Tirreno was delivered on the
26 March at the Oshima Shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan. She is the first of the four Supramax vessels belonging to the dACC Maritime Limited fleet, the joint venture established by the d’Amico group and Coeclerici in June 2013.

With a deadweight tonnage of 60,000dwt and measuring 200 metres long and 32.26 metres wide, the design of the dACC Tirreno stands out on the international shipbuilding market and meets the highest requirements in terms of safety, environmental protection, quality and efficiency.

The vessel is unique due to its innovation and safety, and is equipped with important technological ‘upgrades’ compared with the base model, which make it highly special.

In terms of energy savings and consumption, the vessel is equipped with a latest generation Man/B&W ME engine, electronic controlled with low rpm, which, combined with other innovative solutions regarding the hull and the propeller, will allow it to reach a cruising speed of around 14.5 knots with a daily fuel consumption of approximately 25 tonnes translated into savings of around 6/7 tonnes of fuel compared to similar modern vessels that are currently operational.

As further confirmation of the attention dedicated to the environment by d’Amico and Coeclerici, with regard to both possible marine contamination and harmful emissions, the ship is equipped with compartments dedicated to the recovery and treatment of water used to wash the cargo holds.

Additionally the vessels all have construction features complying to ENVIRO (certification of double plated oil and fuel deposits) and GP (certificate indicating the lack of harmful materials for the environment or contaminants in construction) certificate.

The delivery of the second sister ship is expected in September, while the third and fourth will be delivered in the second half of 2016. 

EMS-Tech Inc. – new orders and deliveries  


The Alfred Oldendorff, the latest addition to the Oldendorff fleet, was successfully delivered to her owners by New Yangzijiang Shipyard on 16 March this year. The Alfred Oldendorff arrived in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 7 April 2015, where she teamed up with the E. Oldendorff, a 77,000dwt transshipper with an EMS-Tech Inc. system delivered in 2008, to handle iron ore for use in steel mills in UAE and other Middle East countries.

The new Oldendorff vessel is an eco-type 94,000dwt Post-Panamax self-unloading and transshipping bulk carrier that features an innovative
EMS-Tech Inc. system. The EMS-Tech Inc. self-unloading system is rated for discharge of iron ore at 3,500tph (metric tonnes per hour), and features 5 stationary receiving hoppers with EMS-Tech Inc. patented Feeder Gates, a deck mounted conveyor system, and 2 specialized boom conveyors.

The Alfred Oldendorff will be joined by her sister vessel, the Antonie Oldendorff, later this month. Both newbuilds will be engaged in long term transshipment contracts with various clients in the Middle East.


On 4 February 2015, EMS-Tech Inc. secured an order with Chinese shipyard Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry, for the design and supply of two high-capacity gravity self-unloading systems. Vessel owner,Vulica Shipping, is renewing its Panamax fleet and expects to take delivery of its newbuild vessels in 2017. The self-unloading system will be designed to discharge aggregate at 4,500tph (tonnes per hour) and will be comprised of two tunnel conveyors fitted with EMS-Tech Inc. patented Feeder Gates, a 27 metre lift ‘C’ Loop conveyor, and an 80- metre-long discharge boom. When the vessels enter service, more than 2,500 EMS-Tech Inc. patented Feeder Gates will then be in operation around the world aboard self-unloading ships, platforms, transshippers and landside reclaim systems.